New section of Bruce Hwy north of Gin Gin inspected
FEDERAL Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd joined the project manager and Transport and Main Roads engineers to inspect a new section of the Bruce Hwy between Cabbage Tree Creek and Carman Road, north of Gin Gin.
The Australian Government is providing $60 million towards a $75 million project involving a major upgrade of two sections of the Bruce Hwy north of Gin Gin; between Cabbage Tree Creek and Carman Road; and across Back Creek Range.
The project is part of the Australian Government's Infrastructure Investment Programme, which is providing a record $13.4 billion to build Queensland infrastructure.
The 6.7 kilometre Cabbage Tree Creek to Carmen Road section was opened to traffic on the weekend.
Mr O'Dowd said: "This upgrade is a major milestone in the Government's resolve to fix the Bruce. Completion of these sections removes one of the worst, if not the worst, black-spot sections of the Bruce Highway between Brisbane and Cairns."
"The national highway from Brisbane to Cairns has just got a lot safer and a lot more pleasant to drive. It is not only a significant improvement for road safety, but will reduce travel times and improve the efficiency of freight movements through the area.
"The new alignment is flatter and wider and has removed the tight turns from this section that used to give it its notorious reputation.
"I do a lot of driving getting around my electorate which is roughly twice the size of Tasmania. I can say without any doubt, this section of road is very pleasant to drive and first-class.
"The high accident rate on this section of highway has caused me much distress and I have been a strong advocate for this upgrade for a long time."
The works also include the construction of northbound and southbound overtaking lanes to provide passing opportunities, two heavy vehicle stopping places, along with an upgraded intersection at Monduran Road and minor improvements to a number of private property accesses.
Road works are continuing on the southern approaches to the deviation and some speed restrictions would remain in place until full project completion expected in October 2014.